(ANI): Cabaret legend Liza Minnelli is reportedly lined up to
replace Alesha Dixon on dancing talent show 'Strictly Come
Dancing". However, the 63-year-old star has to first get her knee
replaced. Producers are holding talks to discuss the future of
Alesha, 31, a former winner of the competition.
“After such a hoo-ha getting Alesha in for Arlene in the first
place, it would be embarrassing to get rid of her so soon," the
Mirror quoted a source as saying. “But Alesha has divided public
opinion – and that of the panel. Whilst head judge Len Goodman
likes her, there are concerns she did not appeal to the younger
viewers she was brought in to attract."
“Alesha got off to a very shaky start but did improve. Despite
this, her future is believed to be hanging by a thread. Liza has
international appeal and real star billing. She is a singer and
dancer, and Hollywood through and through. Her experience in the
showbiz industry would be a real coup – plus she has the
personality to match," added the source.
Liza is currently recovering from replacement knee surgery and
is expected to miss this weekend"s Grammys. It would take her two
to three months to recover and then she would be fit to take part
in the BBC1 show. “Another option is to create a five-person panel
– or even get Liza involved in an 'advisory role", like Brian
Friedman on the X Factor," added the insider.